Corporate pilots at Centennial now benefit
from flying more stable descents using RNAV
STAR procedures that keep them higher longer
and in many cases reduce exposure to the
mountain wave turbulence that is typically found
at about 5,000 feet above ground level. The new
routes for Centennial are safer and more direct,
conserve fuel and involve fewer miles of flying,
FAA used an interactive cooperative process to
publish RNAV SID, STAR and RNP AR procedures
at Denver as it does in other areas of the country.
“This time it was an interactive process that truly
worked very well,” noted Bill Payne, an aviation
consultant who has led major air navigation
projects for the state of Colorado.
The Denver metroplex area also includes four
other general aviation airports: Rocky Mountain
Metropolitan, Fort Collins-Loveland, Front Range
and Greeley-Weld County airports. Leaders of
these facilities participated in the design of the
new procedures. Officials from Buckley Air Force
Base and the U.S. Air Force Academy were also
part of the airspace planning and adjustment
process, which led the academy to move its
training areas to keep cadet-flown piston-powered
aircraft away from traffic at Centennial.
Payne also heads a group of corporate flight
departments that uses Centennial. Controllers
were keen to work with business aviation
stakeholders and put in the time to open a line of
communications, he added. A STAR procedure
with OPD was designed for Centennial with the
close cooperation of the business jet operators.
Now business jets arriving at Centennial are staying
higher longer and avoiding turbulence, Payne said.
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